Please help me choose a racquet!

hpaiste

Rookie
Hi Everyone,

After some days of trying out different racquets at the TW booth at the BNP Paribas Open, I've reached a conclusion and need your help:
I'm 5'11" 180 lb guy (No, not out of shape!), who can generate most of his own power. I play about 60/40 flat/topspin and like to finish points at the net. I think I could call myself an aggressive baselined who comes to net to finish points. Which racquet benefit my game more:

1. Babolat Pure Drive GT

2. Babolat Pure Drive Roddick GT

I've read many reviews and would like your two sense on which is a better racquet for my game.

Thank you,
Henry
 

KaZe

Rookie
The Pure Drive GT might benefit you more since it would be more maneuverable at the net than the Roddick GT would. You'd have some extra control with the Roddick GT though and better performance when it comes to deflecting some of those heavy shots that might come your way. In my opinion i think the Pure Drive GT would benefit your game more.
 

Fuji

Legend
Either would really work since your not getting an extended length racket, I believe they are pretty similar. I have a PD with Cortex, and it's pretty good! The only thing I find with the Bab's is stability issues at the net. They tend to get pushed around a bit without some lead. Get whichever is comfier, and add some lead tape to 3 & 9 and you should be golden! :)

-Fuji
 

hpaiste

Rookie
Thanks for your input guys.

Fuji, I didn't catch which racquet you recommended? The PDGT with weights on 3 and 9?
 

Fuji

Legend
Sorry! It's really up to you, but I have a pure drive with corex, not the GT, and with some weights at 3 & 9 it's pretty good for net play! :) I hear the Roddick has some maneuverability issues, so the PDGT might be your best bet!

-Fuji
 

pheonix6579

Semi-Pro
I would go for the PDGT standard if you like to come to the net a lot. The PDR is a bit more stable but at the net it game ME issues...you may be different. But the extra weight is noticeable. The weight has its benefits too...like serve, over head and a more solid feel on groundies. It just depends on how much you feel you can handle he weight when it comes to racket head speed and moving at the net.
 

NicoHK

New User
I did not like either of these two racquets as I do think they are too powerfull and have not enough control, especially at net. Nevertheless, according to your comment, I can tell you there is almost no difference between a PDGT with about 6gr of lead at 3&9 and a little too in the handle and a PDGT Roddick "naked" (except this last is stiffer that can cause some pain when hit out of sweetspot).
If I were you I would chose the PDGT and try to adjust it to get the max of its potential.
 

hpaiste

Rookie
Thanks again guys. When I get back home to lovely Pennsylvania I will demo both and see if they both feel as good as they did out here.

Thanks!
 
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